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김천의료원 6인실 302호에 산소마스크를 쓰고 암 투병 중인 그녀가 누워있다 

바닥에 바짝 엎드린 가재미처럼 그녀가 누워 있다 

나는 그녀의 옆에 나란히 한 마리 가재미로 눕는다 

가재미가 가재미에게 눈길을 건네자 그녀가 울컥 눈물을 쏟아낸다 

한쪽 눈이 다른 한쪽 눈으로 옮겨 붙은 야윈 그녀가 운다 

그녀는 죽음만을 보고 있고 나는 그녀가 살아 온 파랑 같은 날들을 보고 있다 

좌우를 흔들며 살던 그녀의 물 속 삶을 나는 떠올린다 

그녀의 오솔길이며 그 길에 돋아나던 대낮의 뻐꾸기 소리며 

가늘은 국수를 삶던 저녁이며 흙담조차 없었던 그녀 누대의 가계를 떠올린다 

두 다리는 서서히 멀어져 가랑이지고 

폭설을 견디지 못하는 나뭇가지처럼 등뼈가 구부정해지던 그 겨울 어느 날을 생각한다 

그녀의 숨소리가 느릅나무 껍질처럼 점점 거칠어진다 

나는 그녀가 죽음 바깥의 세상을 이제 볼 수 없다는 것을 안다 

한쪽 눈이 다른 쪽 눈으로 캄캄하게 쏠려버렸다는 것을 안다 

나는 다만 좌우를 흔들며 헤엄쳐 가 그녀의 물 속에 나란히 눕는다 

산소호흡기로 들어 마신 물을 마른 내 몸 위에 그녀가 가만히 적셔준다 

                                             <2004년 ‘현대시학’, 문태준(文泰俊); 1970년- > 

시에 대한 감상은 사람마다 다 같을 수가 없다. 자신의 느낌에 맞게 감상하는 것이 좋을 것 같다.

자칫 잘못하면 어느 유명 시인이나 평론가가 해설, 감상해 놓은 것이 붕어빵 굽는 판이 되어 다르게 해석, 감상할 여지를 잃게 할 수가 있다. 좋은 예가 학교 교육에서 문학작품을 어느 유명 시인이나 평론가가 해석, 감상해 놓으면 학생들이나 독자들은 오직 그들의 해석, 감상에만 따른다. 자신의 느낌을 개입할 여지가 전혀 없는 것이다. 물론 원작자의 의도와는 전혀 다르게 해석, 감상할 수도 있다. 그러나, 나는 그게 시라 생각한다.

자작시를 해설해 놓은 것도 있다. 그것은 독자를 염두에 두지 않은 것이다. 개성이 다르고 생각이 다르고 삶의 방식이 다르고 인생관이 다른 사람들이 왜 작자의 생각을 따라야 하는 것인가?

그래서 문태준 시인의 ‘가재미’는 여러 해설과 감상의 글이 있다. 그렇지만, 나는 내 나름대로 적어 볼 뿐이다.

시의 제목 ‘가재미’는 사투리를 그대로 쓴 것 같다. 사투리를 쓴 것부터가 평범한 인간들 사이에서 빚어지는 일로 전체 시의 정서와 닿아 있다.

가자미는 심해에서 사는 동물로 어린 고기일 때는 좌우 대칭으로 눈이 양쪽으로 있다가 자라면서 왼쪽 눈이 오른쪽 눈 곁으로 쏠리게 된다. 왼쪽 몸은 바닥을 향하다가 색이 본래의 색을 버리고 하얗게 되고, 오른쪽 몸은 어두운 주위 환경에 적응하여 검은색을 띠게 된다. 가자미의 이 생태가 이 시에 적절하게 적용 되었다고 생각한다.

이 시에서 가자미의 눈은 ‘암 투병 중인 그녀’요, 시적 화자이다. 병상에 누워있는 ‘그녀’는 가자미의 왼쪽 눈처럼 자신의 모든 것을 버리고 가자미의 오른쪽 눈인 ‘나’에게 와서 살아 준 ‘그녀’다. 본래 왼쪽의 검은 본성을 접고 하얗게 변하면서 오른쪽 ‘나’에게로 와 준 것이다. 

 런 ‘그녀‘가 가재미처럼’ 병상에 누워 있는 것이다. 다른 한쪽 눈인 ‘나’가 애처로이 지켜보는 가운데.

마음을 서늘하게 하는 장면이 아닐 수가 없다. 애초 상황 설정이 병원으로 되면서 슬픔의 정서를 이끌어내고, 그것도 그냥 병원 침대에 누워서가 아니라, ‘김천의료원 6인실 302호’라고 구체적으로 밝혀 놓음으로써 추상에서 구체적 상황으로 전환 되면서 한층 실감을 이끌어내고 있다.

형식 면에서도 대조의 기교를 잘 살리고 있다고 본다. 

‘그녀는 죽음만을 보고 있고 나는 그녀가 살아 온 파랑 같은 날들을 보고 있다.’를 통해 죽음을 앞두고 있는 ‘그녀’의 슬픔과 젊었던 시절의 아름다운 날들을 되돌아보아야만 하는 ‘나’의 아픈 마음이 대조 되어 애처로움을 더한다. 이제 머지 않아 죽음의 세계로 떠나 보내야 하는 ‘그녀’.

‘나’는 ‘그녀’와 함께 펼쳤던 지난날의 추억을 되새긴다. ‘그녀’와 함께 오솔길 걸으며 뻐꾸기 울음소리를 듣던 일, 호화로운 음식이 아닌 가락국수 삶던 일, 흙 담조차 없었던 가난을 떠올린다.

이러한 되새김이 한층 이 시의 슬픔의 정서와 한의 정서를 짙게 드러나게 하고 있다.

이제 다시 현실로 돌아와 거친 숨을 몰아 쉬는 ‘그녀’ 숨소리가 가슴을 도려내게 한다. ‘나’가 ‘그녀’에게 해 줄 수 있는 것은 지금 상황에서는 아무것도 없다. 가자미처럼 ‘그녀’ 곁에 나란히 눕는 일밖에는.

시의 구성도 연을 구분하지는 않았지만, 현실 상황에서 과거를 회상하고 다시 현실로 돌아오는 삼분 법을 취하고 있다. 시어 사용도 어렵게 표현하지 않고 일상 쓰는 용어를 그대로 사용했다. 그러나 약간 변화를 주어서 시적 표현으로 바꾸었다. 이런 점은 시작하는 사람들은 본받아야 하리라 생각한다. 이승을 볼 수 없다고 하지 않고, ‘죽음 바깥의 세상을 이제 볼 수 없다’로 표현하고 있다. 사물을 보되 남 다르게 보고 독특하게 표현하는 방법도 익혀야 하리라고 본다.

나는 이 시의 소재가 무엇이고, 주제가 무엇이고 따지기에 앞서 그냥 읽고, 이 시가 나에게 나름의 어떤 느낌을 가질 수 있게 했다면 그것으로 충분하다고 생각한다.

-김호천

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Jimin from BTS hospitalized due to appendicitis and Covid-19

Several members of BTS have been found Covid-19 positive including Jin, RM, and Suga from BTS. However, Jimin from BTS has experienced the most intense symptoms: he was hospitalized after experiencing appendicitis on top of covid-19 infection.

He had to undergo appendix surgery to deal with the problem. The surgery on Monday was successful, and Jimin is now recovering from the surgery. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days to receive post-surgery treatment and for Covid-19.

South Korea has generally been successful with maintaining a lower Covid-19 infection rate; last updated figure shows nationwide infection of 17,532 on Sunday.

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First Korean-American Woman Confirmed to U.S. Court of Appeals

On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the appointment of Lucy H. Koh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is the first Korean-American woman to be serving as a federal appellate judge in U.S. history.

Pres. Biden announced the appointment in September 2021. Most recently, Judge Koh served as a federal judge for the Northern District of California and previously served as California Superior Court Judge for Santa Clara County.

The Asian American community praised this confirmation.

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Church Clinic: How to reduce the gap from Church’s need with Pandemic

처치클리닉 11월 강좌 보도내용- “건강한교회? Needs와 결과의 gap를 줄여가라.”

‘교회 함께 가자’ 처치클리닉(대표 손기성 목사)은 지난 22일(월) 저녁 7:30분 “교회, 건강하십니까”를 주제로 박순종 목사(뉴질랜드로토루아갈릴리교회 담임)가 Zoom 을 통해 온라인 강의를 진행했다.

박목사는 OEC 컨설팅 프로그램을 통해 교회가 건강하게 사역을 감당할 수 있는 방법을 제시했다. 또한 강의 중간 참석한 목회자들과 질의 응답시간을 통해 각 교회에서 적용가능한 부분들을 찾았다. OEC 컨설팅 프로그램을 통해 박목사는  ‘교회의 관심대상의 needs에서 출발하여 비전과 목표를 설정하고 결과를 도출해내는 과정속에서 일어날 수 있는 상황과 Gap을 찾아 내고, 그 갭을 함께 줄여가는 과정을 설명했다.

처치클리닉은 2022년 1월24일(월) 신년세미나를 성결대학교 초대 2,3대 총장을 역임하셨던 성기호 박사를 강사로 ‘포스트펜대믹, 신학과 영성목회의 비전’을 주제로 진행한다.

문의: [email protected]나 카톡 Churchclinic으로 하면된다.

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미래학자 최윤식 박사 : Church and Faith in Post-Pandemic Future: Clinic Open to All

“미래학자, 최윤식 박사와 함께 미래 통찰력을 경험하라”

“교회 함께 가자”처치 클리닉(대표 손기성)에서는 4월 26일 (월) 오후 7:30 분 오픈 강좌를 진행한다. 4월 강좌의 강사는 미래학자로 널리 알려진 최윤식 박사가 진행한다.  최윤식 박사는 ‘2030 대담한 미래’ ‘앞으로 5년 한국의 미래 시나리오’ ‘제 4의 물결이 온다’ 등 미래에 나타날 다양한 현상들을 예견한 서적들을 출간하고 독자들에게 많은 통찰력을 가질 수 있는 기회를 제공해왔다. 최박사는 지난 2014년에도 처치클리닉을 통해 워싱턴 지역 사회와 소통을 하기도 했으며, 당시 세미나를 통해 많은 사람들에게 미래에 대한 사고를 넓히는 계기를 마련해 주기도 했다.

손기성 목사는 “현재 나타나는 펜데믹 시대의 현상을 학자로서 명확하게 분석하고, 교회가 나아가야 할 방향성과 신앙인으로 준비하며 살아야 할 삶의 태도 들을 또 한번 제시하는 시간이 될 것이다.” 그리고” 펜데믹으로 인해 변화될 미래에 대한 고민은 목회자 뿐 아니라 일반 성도들에게도 절실한 부분이다. 그러기에 더 없이 유익한 시간이 될 것이다.” 고 말했다.

참가비는 없으며, 줌을 통한 화상 강의로 진행되기 때문에 반드시 사전접수가 필요하다.

접수 및 문의는 (703) 334-7602 나 [email protected] 으로 하거나 카카오톡 아이디 churchclinic 을 통해 쉽게 할 수 있다.

The Church Clinic announced that it will invite futurist scholar Dr. Yoonsic Choi through an online zoom method to give a lecture on the future of church and faith after the pandemic. The open course will be held on the evening of the 26th at 7:30 (EST), and anyone who interested can participate after making a reservation in advance.

The event is free to all, although they do ask that you come with the love of faith.

Reservation: www.churchclinic.net or [email protected]

phone: (703) 334-7602

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Vaccine hesitancy causes Another Rapid Coronavirus Surge in the U.S.

According to NPR, Many people who are in their politically affiliated with the Republican Party don’t want to take the Coronavirus Vaccine, although there are enough doses to cover the whole region to get vaccinated as most live in rural areas.

The people who don’t take vaccine have their own excuses:

Some are worried about the side effects of vaccination, and some are distrusting of mass media that it might hide some real facts that they don’t want to reveal.

However, They still want to see their relatives in person and engage in behavior detrimental to their health.

Currently, India and Brazil are seeing a rising death toll. It is uncountable in India, and 4,000 people died on a single day leaving no space to bury the dead in Brazil.

The Northeast coast states in the U.S., California, and Florida are not much help, as people leave their homes to spend vacations and spring breaks in these states.

The positive news is that at least 32% of the U.S. population have already taken the first dose of the Vaccines, but it is not nearly high enough for herd immunity.

The one cause of low numbers of Vaccination is that almost 20% of the population are children under the age of 16 that are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. Also, these youngsters cannot engage in social distancing in school.

Vaccine hesitancy is very risky to many Americans in danger and the quarantines will not prove to be effective the longer the pandemic continues. Adults not taking vaccines risk putting their ineligible children at further risk of permanent damage or death.

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Korea and Japan: Too close to be Forever Friends or Forever Enemies

Throughout East Asian history, Japan has worked hard to gain its power over the Asian continent for centuries. Granted, East Asian history has spanned thousands of years, with power shifts between many different parties. However, the last villain has been Japan. During World War II, Japan forced many women into sexual slavery, including those from Choson (the last dynasty in the Korean peninsula), China, Russia, Mongolia, and even Europeans like the Dutch, to fund its imperialist military. Japan has taken many artifacts from various cultures it invaded during this time as well.

Due to its proximity and the strategic placement of Korea as a peninsula to the great Asian continent, Japan often sought to invade Asia through Korea. It seems that whenever Japanese governments needed to reorganize themselves and repress dissent, they’d use Korea as a tactic, engaging in war. However, ultimately, Japan has maintained its “victimhood,” refusing to accept that they were defeated in the last war, and maintaining their “innocence” in all matters, even though Japanese citizens that participated in the war had repeatedly revealed the truth of the sexual slavery Japanese government forced on the women of its colonized empire.

A few weeks ago, a Harvard professor and a Mitsubishi scholar John Mark Ramseyer argued that “comfort women” were actually contracted prostitutes rather than sex slaves. It brought outrage amongst the academic community. To add to his lack of credible assertion is the absolute lack of evidence to support his assertion. For example, if these sex slaves were actually contracted prostitutes with the government, where were the documents? He had none.

Yet Japan is a major player in East Asian politics, and they are also heavily invested in the economy of ASEAN countries. Korea and Japan are currently allies and maintain an amicable international relationship. For example, in 2011 Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake, and South Koreans collected funds and sent it over to Japan.

At the time, the Japanese media said, “We don’t need help from a lesser country,” infuriating the Koreans who vowed never to help Japan again.

However, in 2021, as Japan seeks to get the Olympics moving, Korea is one of the biggest walls against Japan. South Korea questions the safety of holding Olympics in a country that is currently storing a large amount of radioactive waste (Fukushima) as well as during the Pandemic. It seems many countries agree with South Korea.

Recently, the Japanese government has thanked South Korea for its kind donations during 2011, which they rejected 10 years ago. It is a political ploy to get South Korea to loosen up on its opposition to Japan holding the Olympics this year.

Korea and Japan can never be fully friends, and they can never be fully enemies. They’re too close to each other and hold a lot of emotions against each other. However, South Korea might wise up to Japan’s behaviors and learn to play against Japan’s passive-aggressive tendencies and play frenemy just as well, instead of continuing to reach out like a friend and getting used up every time until it gets too emotionally angry to be a “friend.”

This dynamic will probably go for a very long time, and because of its roots in history, it is doubtful as to whether it will ever go away.

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UN PEACEKOR Hosts The 1st Global Virtual Forum Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

On September 16, UN PEACEKOR (Chairman Dug-Ryong Kim) held the global meeting through Zoom and Youtube live for the first time ever in history due to coronavirus pandemic.

This forum was held by foreign compatriots from around the world with different time zones on the actual conditions and prospects of North Korea’s three sufferings (sanctions, corona, flood damage), and where to find clues for the recovery of South-North relations in this difficult situation. We had time to express each other’s opinions using the internet space as a place.

The forum was hosted by Jun-Hyuk Huh, Secretary General of UNPEACEKOR, and led to discussions by Yong-Han Choi, head of the National Security Strategy Research Institute, Jong-Cheol Park, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Unification, Yoo-seok Jeong, a senior research fellow at the Northeast Asia Research Center at Export-Import Bank of Korea, and Dae-jin Jeong, a professor at Ajou University.

The chairman of the organization stated that despite US’ distraction during a presidential election year, and North Korea focusing on its internal structure, there is still tremendous responsibility to bring to awareness, the importance of restarting the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

The members of the forum focused heavily on the kind of development necessary in North Korea, and talked about the impact of Covid-19 on both the social and economic infrastructure of China and North Korea, but also how this could require heavier interest by South Korea or the US to improve relationship with North Korea, especially in the area of trade.

The forum garnered much interest, as almost 400 people tuned in to watch the forum.

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BTS Hits Billboard 100 with a Dynamite #1

After landing with Billboard #4 with the last single “On,” in March, K-Pop boy band BTS debuted with an all-English single, “Dynamite” at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100.

BTS is the first K-Pop group to lead the Hot 100. Released on August 21, 2020, showed a result of 33.9 million US stream, 300,000 sold, and drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions the week ending August 30.

BTS’ “Dynamite” made the best digital sales since One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” 5 years ago, and marks BigHit entertainment’s first #1 on the Billboard chart. Consultations to BTS!

Of course, much of BTS’ success comes from BTS’ use of technology (mainly YouTube and V Live) to gain followers, interact with them, and establish themselves as serious brands. Many analysts tout that the globalization of Broadband access has made not only information flow throughout the world, but also allow easier means for fans to gain access to their favorite bands’ music and show clips.

 

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Covid-19’s Real Problem: Organ damage

As US sees 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, some of those who are for quick reopening tout the relatively low death percentage rate as an argument against the severity of COVID-19. However, those who are recovering from COVID-19 show something more sinister from coronavirus infection: organ damage.

Two German studies found that many patients recovering from COVID-19 had heart abnormalities that didn’t exist before. The study included 100 patients from the University of Hospital Frankfurt COVID-19 Registry.

1/3 on the registry recovered at the hospital, while the other 2/3 recovered at home; however, in the 78 of the original 100, there were now heart abnormalities, with 60 of them showing inflammation in the heart muscle from COVID-19.

This abnormality would not be found on the echograms more frequently used to detect heart abnormalities.

Such results are quite damaging; those who have this weakness will likely require more extensive treatments and be at risk for abnormal heart beats and other heart problems.

So yes, maybe COVID-19 only kills around 1 percent of those infected; however, the true harm of COVID-19 isn’t necessarily the fast death, but the lasting impact on the majority of those that recover from the disease; mostly, the weakening of the organs in the rest of the body.

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